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MCPS Summer Dream Academy and The Dream Bus bigger, better this year

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By Stevie Lowery

More than 1,000 students participated in the Marion County Public Schools’ Summer Dream Academy and took advantage of The Dream Bus last summer, and school officials expect even more participation this year.
“I think we have even more to choose from this year,” said MCPS Federal Programs Director Todd Farmer.
The Summer Dream Academy was established in 2015 in an effort to prevent students from falling behind academically during the summer break. According to school officials, data shows that students fall behind when their minds aren’t stimulated over a long period of time, which could result in teachers spending as much as two months playing catch up when school starts back in the fall.
This year, there are more than 25 options to choose from during the summer break, as well as activities and learning provided by The Dream Bus.
A summer booklet was mailed to every household of MCPS students in kindergarten through eighth grade. St. Augustine students are invited to attend, too, Farmer said.
The Summer Dream Academy provides students with opportunities that they might not have otherwise, according to Farmer.
“This exposes students to not only our community and the things that we have to offer here within the radius of Lebanon, but also extending to Louisville and Lexington,” he said.
Many of the activities and camps this summer include field trips, according to Becky Clark, instructional supervisor and federal programs administrative assistant.
“There is such a variety this year,” she said. “There should be something for every child in our district. Some of the field trips are absolutely incredible.”
Most of the activities and camps are also free. There are a few that involve a small fee, for a t-shirt, for instance, but no child will be turned away due to cost.
“We want to see every child in this district be involved with at least one thing over the summer,” Clark said. “All of the programs involve core content, but in a fun way. The kids don’t realize they’re learning. We’re sneaking it in.”

The Dream Bus
The Dream Bus will be making its rounds this summer, and the route has changed in hopes of reaching more children. The Dream Bus will no longer be stopping at West Marion Elementary School due to low numbers, but it will be adding stops in Rolling Hills, behind Cedarwood Restaurant and Cleaver Court. In total, there will be 10 different stops throughout the county.
“We are trying to be more deliberate in targeting highly populated areas,” Farmer said. “We need to hit the Gravel Switch and Bradfordsville area of the county more. That’s something we’re going to try to do better in the future.”
The teacher on The Dream Bus will once again be Josie Lyons – a teacher at Lebanon Elementary School. She will be leading lessons on science and reading, along with some fun games, too. And a free lunch will also be available.
In addition to Lyons, there will also be a school principal or an instructional coach on the bus route this summer. And two bus drivers will be alternating this year - Gayle Bell and May Jordan.
The Dream Bus stops are usually for at least an hour and a half – sometimes longer depending on the number of kids participating.
When The Dream Bus ends its route in July, there will be an ice cream celebration at the 10 different locations for children and their families.
“All ages are welcome,” Farmer said. “And we encourage parents to come and participate, too.”

MCPS Dream Bus Summer Schedule
Monday
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Brookhaven
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Raywick park

Tuesday
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Village Loop Apartments
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Cleaver Court

Wednesday
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Rosenwald Village
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Bradfordsville Community Center

Thursday
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Hamilton Heights/Hardin Place
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Behind Cedarwood Restaurant

Friday
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Warren Acres
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Rolling Hills Subdivision

* The summer schedule will begin on Tuesday, May 30 and end on Friday, July 21.
* The week of July 3-7, the Dream Bus will not run.
* If you have any questions, please call Marion County Board of Education, 270-692-3721.

2017 Summer Dream Academy
(Sponsored by the Marion County Title 1 Program)
- A free lunch is provided each day of camp.
- Transportation is not provided to schools.
- Please contact your child’s school for more information.

May 22-25
All Tech Camp

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lebanon Middle School
Contact: Mary Ruth Hogan, 270-692-3441, mary.hogan@marion.kyschools.us

May 22-June 1
Mama Mia “It’s A Pizza”

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
West Marion Elementary School
Contact: Van Gadberry, 270-699-4320, van.gadberry@marion.kyschools.us

May 22-26
Summer Fun

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Glasscock Elementary School
Designed for students in sixth through ninth grades.
Contact: Sarah Lockard, 270-469-6391, sarah.lockard@marion.kyschools.us

May 23-25, May 30-June 1
21st Century Learning Camp

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
21st Century Community Learning Center
Contact: Leanna Stewart, 270-699-2504, leanna.stewart@marion.kyschools.us

May 27
Men At Work

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Glasscock Elementary School
Contact: Matthew Reed, 270-692-3223, matthew.reed@marion.kyschool.us

May 30-June 2
Adventures in Music

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A.C. Glasscock Elementary School
Designed for second and third grade students.
Contact: Sarah Lockard, 270-469-6391, sarah.lockard@marion.kyschools.us

May 30-June 2
Arts Alive

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lebanon Middle School
Designed for sixth through ninth grade students.
Contact: Joni Farmer, 270-469-0359

May 30-June 2
Calvary Wildlife of Kentucky

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Calvary Elementary School
Contact: Amy Newton, 270-692-2779, amy.newton@marion.kyschools.us

May 30-June 2
Health Science of Athletics

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marion County Area Technology Center
Contact: Christina McRay, 270-692-3155, Christina.mcray@marion.kyschools.us

May 30-June 2
Mirror Mirror – It is Time to Build

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marion County Area Technology Center
Contact: Christina McRay, 270-692-3155, christina.mcray@marion.kyschool.us

May 30-June 2
Project Lead the Way Engineering Camp

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marion County Area Technology Center
Designed for students in sixth through ninth grade.
Contact: Greg Conley, 270-692-3155, greg.conley@marion.kyschools.us

May 30-June 16
MCHS Summer School/Credit Recovery

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Marion County High School
Contact: Holly Cox, 270-692-6066, holly.cox@marion.kyschools.us

June 5-9
Leadership in the Arts

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marion County High School
Contact: Daniel Beams, 270-469-8261, daniel.beams@marion.kyschools.us

June 5-9
Media Arts Camp

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lebanon Middle School
Contact: Dee Dee Cecconi-Smith, 270-692-3441, deedee.cecconi@marion.kyschools.us

June 5-9
Move and Groove

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lebanon Elementary School
Designed for students K-2.
Contact: Grover Warren, 270-403-3832, perri.warren@marion.kyschools.us

June 7-8
MCHS Ambassadors Leadership Program

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Marion County High School
Contact: Troy Benningfield or Laurie Followell, 859-806-7672

June 12-16
Fitness is Fun

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lebanon Elementary School
Contact: Grover Warren, 270-403-3832, perri.warren@marion.kyschools.us

June 12-16
M2: Maker and Mover Cam
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9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Calvary Elementary School
Contact: Julie Dickerson or Stephanie Keeling, 270-692-3676

June 13
Gifted and Talented Camp

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Marion County High School
Space is limited to 30 students
Contact: Jane Spalding, Laurie Followell or Dawn Phillips, 270-699-1436

June 20-22
Glasscock Elementary Wildlife of Kentucky

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A.C. Glasscock Elementary School
Contact: Amy Newton, 270-692-2779, amy.newton@marion.kyschools.us

June 24-25
Exploration Blast

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marion County High School
Contact: Debbie Lanham, 270-402-3734, debbie.lanham@marion.kyschools.us

July 10-14
Art Journaling: Mixed Media Arts

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marion County High School
Contact: Kandace Potter, 270-402-4502, kandace.potter@marion.kyschools.us

July 10-14
Arts & Humanities Camp

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lebanon Elementary School
Designed for students in third through eighth grades.
Fee: $20
Contact: Katina Johnson, 270-402-2163

July 10-14
Wildlife of Kentucky

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Glasscock Elementary School
Contact: Amy Newton, 270-692-2779, amy.newton@marion.kyschools.us

July 17-21
Leadership with FFA

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Marion County High School
Camp is limited to 17 students.
Contact: Daniel Mattingly, 502-507-1625, daniel.mattingly@marion.kyschools.us

July 17-21
Summer Slam

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lebanon Elementary School
Designed for aspiring volleyball players.
Contact: Doug Thomas, 270-692-1287, doug.thomas@marion.kyschools.us

KINDERGARTEN JUMP START
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Calvary Elementary: July 26-28
Glasscock Elementary: July 17-19
West Marion Elementary: Aug. 1-3

FIRST GRADE JUMP START
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Calvary Elementary: July 26-28
Glasscock Elementary: July 17-19
West Marion Elementary: Aug. 1-3